In his 2014 World Day of Peace message, Pope Francis reminded us that we are, fundamentally, relational beings— related to each human person and to the earth, our common home. Because we are constituted by relationships, we build a community of justice and peace only by looking upon and treating each other and the earth with dignity, mercy, and compassion.
In the 2017-2018 lectures, our speakers invite us to think critically about the value and meaning of many different types of relationships: between science and faith; between the present and our history; between art and the word. They will consider the impact of Pope Francis’ commitment to mercy and justice, the intersection of culture, architecture, and human rights, especially for indigenous peoples, and the ongoing work to overcome the injustice of the death penalty.
As St. Jerome’s University hosts A Year with the Saint John’s Bible in 2017, our three fall lectures will help us understand the powerful interplay of images and text in this first handwritten and illuminated Bible in more than 500 years.
And we offer you two additional special events: Dorothy Day’s granddaughter, Kate Hennessy, will present a lecture on Wednesday, November 1st at 7:30 pm; and the December 9th Handel’s Messiah concert by the Grand Philharmonic Choir will feature illuminations from The Saint John’s Bible and a pre-concert talk by Fr. Eric Hollas, OSB.
We look forward to seeing you!
Dr. Cristina Vanin
Lectures in Catholic Experience Coordinator